Operation ASHA

The mission of Operation ASHA is To eradicate TB from India, and To provide health care and supportive services to the most disadvantaged. The vision of Operation ASHA (OpASHA for short) is a tuberculosis free world. OpASHA provides comprehensive treatment, education, counseling and prevention of tuberculosis in urban slums. Having virtually eliminated default, established a cost-effective and replicable model, Operation ASHA plans to establish 600 DOTS centers by 2013.
May 28, 2013

Treating 3500 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

OpASHA
OpASHA's strategy replication in Uganda

Operation ASHA strategy replicated in Uganda

This World TB Day, researchers at Columbia University reported their results about replication of Operation ASHA’s strategy in Ruhirra, Uganda.
The article quotes, "The results in Ruhiira are a staggering improvement....The eCompliance compliance system was implemented in July 2012; since then, 31 patients have been enrolled in the system, none of those patients have been lost to follow-up, and none have died". Because of integration of eCompliance, along with adoption of other elements of our strategy, the death rate has reduced from 16% to Zero.
Read the full article in Huffington Post, written by Dr Yanis Ben Amor and Sarah Snidal: “Harnessing new technologies to tackle an old disease.”

Inside OpASHA

Operation ASHA recently won an award by The India Development Marketplace (DM) funded by the World Bank Group (WBG) to extend and scale up its innovative model in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Jharkhand. Watch Dr. Shelly Batra’s interview by World Bank: “Operation ASHA: A Development Marketplace Snapshot”

Onno Ruhl, the Country Director of the World Bank in India visited Operation ASHA’s TB treatment centre last month to see the work & impact of Operation ASHA’s model. After the visit Mr Ruhl wrote a blog entitled, “The Last Mile, at Last?” This is part of the series “End Poverty in South Asia” on the website of the World Bank.

In his blog Mr Ruhl states that he “was fascinated: If Operation ASHA’s model could be rolled out everywhere where there is TB, we could stop Multi-Drug-Resistant TB and save so many lives! 

What Operation ASHA does is literally to deliver the elusive last mile in service delivery, the mile that lies in between well-intended government programs and results on the ground. And they do it with relentless focus and incredible efficiency. What if we could develop Operations ASHA for other problems as well? 90% efficiency and 19 times cheaper? It would be incredible!

Other media mentions

Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, March 28, 2013: “Informal Health Providers Treating TB Are Here to Stay, So How Do We Work with Them?” By Gina Lagomarsino 

Reuters, March 23, 2013: “India turns to technology in TB battle”

Financial Times, March 21, 2013: “Epidemic fears: India faces drug resistant strains” by Ame Kazmin

Voice of America, Feb 23, 2013: “In India, fighting TB with Fingerprints” by Aru Pande 

Project Report

Performance

Total number of patients at centers till April 2013: 3538

Total new patients enrolled in the period Feb 2013 till April 2013: 1884

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured in the period Feb 2013 till April 2013: 1704

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Photograph (c) K. C. Ortiz

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Feb 27, 2013

Treating 3500 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

Dr. Shelly Batra quoted in TIME Magazine
Dr. Shelly Batra quoted in TIME Magazine

Dr. Shelly Batra, President, Operation ASHA (Twitter: @shells1857) was quoted by TIME Magazine (issue dated 4th March,2013) in the article "Drugs Don't Work" by Krista Mahr. Discussing about the horrors of Totally Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Dr. Batra says, "We are on the brink of another epidemic, and it has no treatment. If TDR spreads, we will go back to the Dark Ages"

The Associated Press covered Operation ASHA in their story “India wages hi-tech war on Ancient TB Scourge”, written by Ravi Nessman. This article was published in more than 42 leading newspapers and blogs all over the world, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Huffington Post and Boston Globe. Read full article here.

Inside OpASHA

In Cambodia, we recently started operations in another Operational District (OD). Now we work in a total of 5 ODs.In Western OD, Phnom Penh, a pilot project has also been initiated in partnership with Pagodas (religious places) to target the older populations in the district.

Check our quick-facts page for quarterly updates on our operations and expansion.

Media mentions

The Guardian, Dec 5, 2012: “Helping the medicine go downby Caspar van Vark

Microsoft Research , Dec 03, 2012: “Battling Tuberculosis Through Microsoft Technology

Discovery News, Nov 29, 2012: “Excellent Idea of the  day: TB Tracker Halts Disease’s Spreadby Jesse Emspak

My Space, My Odyssey

DR-TB is one of the leading preventable causes of untold misery, great suffering, and back-breaking poverty & economic loss to those who are already living below poverty line.” Dr. Shelly Batra writes about Challenges of Drug resistant TB (DR-TB). Read her blog here.

Project Report

Performance

Total number of patients at centers till Jan 2013: 3839

Total new patients enrolled in the period Nov 2012 till Jan 2013: 1784

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured in the period Nov 2012 till Jan 2013: 1826

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Photograph (c) Kieran Oudshoorn

Door-to-door counselling for TB patients
Door-to-door counselling for TB patients

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Nov 29, 2012

Treating 3500 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

OpASHA
OpASHA's Innovative eCompliance System

Inside OpASHA
Wall Street Journal gives this year's Technology Innovation Award to Operation ASHA in the  Health-Care IT category
“Operation ASHA uses grass-roots human effort, combined with fingerprint and computer technology, to ensure that disadvantaged patients take the full course of medicine. That's a crucial step in reducing the emergence of drug-resistant forms of TB.” Read detailed coverage of the awards here. It was also covered in The Wall Street Journal's print edition on 16th Oct.

BBC World News aired Operation ASHA on Sunday, Nov 25 in the program 'Keeping Safe', part of series Horizons, that explores "ideas and businesses that may succeed in tackling the planet's biggest challenges". BBC anchor interviewed Dr. Shelly Batra, President, about how Operation ASHA is using its innovative eCompliance technology to treat TB and to prevent fatal forms of Drug Resistant TB. To watch the video, click here.

Operation ASHA successfuly completed the ‘Hope. Resilience. Courage.’ photography contest. This competition recognized the outstanding use of photography to tell compelling stories of courage from around the world. Check out the winning entry here.

From the President’s desk.
“Welcome to India, the land of Gandhi and Mother Teresa. The country of 700 million mobile phones but not enough toilets. The country where starvation deaths do NOT make headlines, where slavery exists, where inspite of the economic boom and billions of $$ spent on health programs, the government has not been able to fulfill its promise to its citizens, of affordable, equitable, and accessible health care”, says Dr. Shelly Batra in her talk on Health for BOP in Pinnacle, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
Read a brief synopsis of her talk in her blog.

Project Report:

Performance

Total number of patients at OpASHA centers at the end of Oct 2012: 4206

Total new patients enrolled in the period Aug 2012 till Oct 2012: 2016

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured: 1786

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Note: All the photographs are (c) Prateek Ahuja


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